Dec 3rd, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Lissa Rankin, M.D. IFS as Medical Treatment

Lissa’s Ted Talk: The #1 Public Health issue Doctors aren’t talking about

Mind Over Medicine breaks new ground in the fertile region where science and spirituality intersect. Dr. Lissa Rankin discovered that the conventional health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of our own consciousness. (Self).

“It’s a beautiful and important book.” – Dick Schwartz

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Click Here to hear Lissa describing the workshop

Lissa on IFS and the Pandemic

“I sincerely believe IFS can offer life, body, mind, heart, and soul.Talking transparently with my close friends (who all use the IFS model on ourselves and in our relationships with each other), we’re all discovering parts in ourselves we didn’t know, parts that take extra Self-energy to love—parts with violent tendencies, suicide parts that don’t want to be on this planet anymore, parts with addict tendencies, parts with hoarding tendencies, parts with grandiose, narcissistic, “save the world” God complex tendencies, intellectualizing parts that try to collect knowledge and figure things out, and spiritual bypassing parts that jump straight to the “silver lining” and skip over the intense emotions this brings up. The doctors and other front line workers are also discovering the extremity of our martyr tendencies, the parts that will throw us under the bus to save someone else, recklessly intubating a dying person without wearing a mask and putting ourselves at risk of leaving our children orphaned—all because we can’t bear to stand by helplessly and out of control in the face of someone else’s imminent death.

Blending With Parts Disables Your Immune System

All these lit up parts cause a boatload of stress responses in the nervous system—flooding the body with cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and other stress hormones, which disable the immune system, rendering you vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and being unable to mount an immune response should you get infected. IFS, on the other hand, facilitates relaxing your parts, so your nervous system is restored to the relaxation response, which releases healing hormones like oxytocin, endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, preparing your immune system to be fully functional.

The core focus of IFS is to find the exiles your manager parts and firefighter parts protect and offering healing and “unburdening” to those wounded inner children—the parts that feel helpless, hopeless, worthless, terrified, disposable, and ashamed, the parts that carry extreme limiting beliefs like “I’m unlovable” or “I don’t deserve protection” or “I’m not enough.” The emotions these exiles carry can be so painful, so intense, that our protector parts will pull out all the stops in times like this to make us avoid getting to our exiles. But in times like this, even the most brilliantly crafty firefighters may fail. Many people are feeling their exile feelings right now, as a mass wave of helplessness, hopelessness, terror, shame, and fear wash over us like a collective tsunami. We can recoil from these feelings—or we can let them move through us like waves, using them as trailheads to heal the exiles that feel so much. IFS gives us the “how.””

“Self-Leadership = Self-Healing”

Video: Dick Schwartz and Lissa – Healing from Spiritual Bypassing

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This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 1 week.

Cost: $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee


Jan. 7th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Susan McConnell: Listening to the Body’s Stories – Somatic IFS & Chronic Illness

Susan McConnell, author of Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy and Senior IFS Lead trainer returns with a unique opportunity to witness the application of Somatic IFS with Chronic Physical Symptoms. Following our previous workshop with Lissa Rankin on IFS as Medical Treatment, this class will demonstrate how somatic practices integrated with the IFS Model can help us heal from physical distress.

Participants will learn

  • How awareness, breath and other somatic IFS tools can bring clarity to the presenting physical symptoms
  • What factors determine chronicity of pain
  • How parts may block or impede the efficacy of allopathic medications and other treatments
  • To discern the different physical presentations of an exile and a protector
  • How to harness the Self energy present in every cell to facilitate the body’s inherent healing capacity

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This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 2 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee


Feb. 18th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Liz Phillips: IFS for People in Relationships

Liz is an IFS Certified therapist with training in Level 2 in IFIO (Intimacy from the Inside Out) and has staffed numerous trainings. In 2021, Liz delivered a number of IFIO-informed workshops to international audiences to bring interest to the model, which she has experienced as a game changer in her practice.

In this 3 hour workshop Liz will describe how work with partners (professionally and personally) is not just “IFS X 2” but facilitates the Self focus first that unhooks the shame/blame cycle and builds the bridges. She will also focus on how to leverage the client’s realistic hope by tying it into their needs.

Participants will learn practical tools with a full outlining of the IFIO protocol as well as developing greater clarity on Therapist/Practitioner Parts (e.g. “This couple is too hard”, “I’m getting stuck”.)

Recommended for anyone with clients in relationship, or for you if you are, ever have been, or intend to be in a relationship.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video of Liz describing the workshop

Liz’s Bio, Click Here

Liz’s Podcasts are here

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 2 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee


Mar 11th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Mike Elkin & Ann Sinko

Anxiety, Depression & Shame: Understanding the Connections, Healing the Burdens

Senior IFS Trainers Mike and Ann recognise that anxiety and depression are the most presented symptoms of people seeking psychotherapy, and shame is frequently the engine that fuels both.

This workshop provides an innovative way of understanding and working with the universal human problems of anxiety, depression, and shame with an evidence-based theory; providing a framework that makes entrenched symptoms workable.

This workshop will deepen your IFS skills and provide more tools for your IFS toolbox. You will:

• Explore the IFS paradigm of depression, anxiety, and shame, not as a disorder, but as a coping mechanism of parts responding to a constraint in the internal or external system.

• See how this understanding provides a foundation for a uniquely powerful approach to these all-too common symptoms.

• Be introduced to the organizing nature of shame.

• Be encouraged to focus on  expanding your knowledge of essential processes unique to IFS, such as polarizations, working with extreme managers and firefighters, and unburdening.

• Be made aware of  advanced techniques: working with legacy burdens, phobias, despair and inner critics.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video of Mike and Ann describing the workshop

Mike & Ann’s Bios, Click Here

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 2 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee